Analysis of Boq

Boq is a character from Wicked that I keep on overlooking. I think that is very easy to do. For starters, he is a secondary character and he doesn’t have song of his own. Boq is an unusually tall Munchkin. A lot of his character revolves around his unrequited love for Glinda. Well, Wicked’s love arc is more complicated than it might seem. The past two days, I made it seem like Wicked is home mainly to a love triangle. Well, it is mainly focused on the love triangle between Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero.

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Well, things get even more complicated now that we add Boq to the picture. Now it sounds like Wicked is home to a love rectangle. Glinda is so oblivious to the fact that Boq loves him. Boq is the character who would do anything to please Glinda. One obvious example is found during “Dancing Through Life”.  He asks Glinda out to the school, but Glinda not being in love with him asks him for a huge favor which is asking Elphaba’s younger sister out, who is disabled out to the dance. Boq seeing how happy this would make Glinda does as she says.

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At the school dance, Boq is not able to confess to Nessa the real reason why he asked her to the dance, which makes Nessa believe they are meant for each other. To continue to please Glinda, Boq continues to assist Nessa even when the Munchkins are imprisoned and eventually tries to leave to find Glinda after hearing that she is engaged to Fiyero. Nessa out of anger cast a spell on Boq, which caused his heart to shrink and in order to save his life, Elphaba had no choice, but to turn him to tin. Nessa literally makes Boq believe that Elphaba purposely turned him to tin, but what Boq didn’t realize that if he wasn’t turned to tin, he would have died.

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Boq honestly thought that Elphaba’s action of of turning him into a tin man was wicked so he became part of the hunt of finding Elphaba. But still, a lot of his story revolves around his unrequited love for Glinda. Still, Boq is hard to even spend time with and even analyze. I feel like the story keeps on leaning you towards the characters of Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero. I still don’t know if he even has grown on me or not. Tomorrow’s analysis is on Nessa, who is another character I keep on overlooking.

 

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Author: mphadventuregirl

I am a strong spiritual person who is a big fan of musicals. This blog deals with spirituality and musicals. I am finding that by writing about these, I am realizing I know more about each of them then I think I do. I hope you find my blog inspiring!

6 thoughts on “Analysis of Boq”

  1. You make a really good point about Boq being so easy to overlook due to his lack of individual songs. Songs are really what make musical theatre characters memorable. For example, you can say “Defying Gravity” and people will think of Elphie. There’s just not really that sort of song for Boq. (Great post by the way!)

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      1. Absolutely! Boq is a character who, in my opinion, has to be a supportive character. While his lack of solo songs is kind of sad, having a super major Boq storyline would probably make Wicked feel too jumbled and messy. After all, the focus is on Elphaba and her friendship with Glinda (as well as her personal growth) so giving characters like Boq, Nessa, and even Fiyero more songs would likely subtract from the overall themes of the show which would, in its own right be a pity.

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      2. My mind is so focused on Elphaba and Glinda and Fiyero. Fiyero plays a big role in the friendship between Elphaba and Glinda.

        Boq has to be secondary: I would agree he has to be that way: I don’t love him as much as the trio. Boy, his unrequited love for Glinda. The romantic arc is so much more than a love triangle: that is crazy

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